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Poster: WillCo Date: Feb 20, 2012 8:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

A really sweet one, that 1974-07-19. And the rest of the second set is pretty wonderful as well.

Come to think of it, I often go straight to BEW when I want a quick test-sample of the quality of a show: for the sound quality (here the Wall Of Sound, no less - as well as an amazing recording); also for the focus of the band - the tune is a real showcase for Phil, and on this night he and Keith, both well up is the mix, play beautifully.

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Poster: Skobud Date: Feb 20, 2012 10:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

I do the exact same thing with Mexicali....I listen to see if Jerry immediately starts going into scales or lays back after the first verse - often that is an excellent gauge for me as to show quality. The truth is, I dont even know when I started doing that. It pretty much works for me though. Sorry for the semi hijack, but thats a good idea for a thread...What tune do you use to gauge whether or not you wanna give a "new to you" show a spin. I almost always check Mexicali.

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Poster: WillCo Date: Feb 20, 2012 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women (and gauging that "new to you" show)

Yep. Mexicali's definitely another one. You've put into words just what I was trying to say.

Maybe Big River, too, because with that song you can tell straight away whether they're flying or plodding - I think it's Jerry who sometimes carries the whole thing with that wonderful rhythm guitar line.

Pre-Keith? I'm not sure, maybe Viola Lee or Cryptical; not sure why, maybe more in an instant gratification sort of way

Post-Keith it's always worth checking one of the Bobby songs just to see whether he's bored or not (those stupid accents ...). That wraps up the Bobby stuff for me I think.

Then there's He's Gone, also Scarlet Begonias. Dark Star's first couple of minutes reveal quite a lot.

God we are SO LUCKY; we really should be "saying grace" in some way to give thanks for all these treasures - there's another thread idea maybe.

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Poster: debris_slide Date: Feb 20, 2012 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

I'm the same way...you get a perfect example of the recording...jerry's opening guitar line lets me know how loud he is then if everyone falls into place nicely in the mix I know it's the version I want.

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Feb 20, 2012 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Brown Eyed Women

Re: sampling shows, I agree w/ all you said about BEW. If not BEW, then Sugaree.